Morphological Responses of Korean Native Plant Hosta longipes to Heavy Metals Cd, Pb, and Zn

중금속(카드늄, 납, 아연)처리에 따른 자생 비비추(Hosta longipes)의 형태적 반응

  • Kang, Kwang-Cheol (Department of Chemistry, College of Nature Science, Chungbuk National University) ;
  • Ju, Jin-Hee (Department of Green Technology Convergence, Konkuk University)
  • 강광철 (충북대학교 화학과) ;
  • 주진희 (건국대학교 녹색기술융합학과)
  • Received : 2015.06.10
  • Accepted : 2015.10.15
  • Published : 2015.12.29


The aim of this study was to examine the morphological responses of Hosta longipes, an ornamental plants for heavy metal contaminated soils in urban landscaping, to heavy metals Cd, Pb, and Zn. Plants were grown in artificial soil amended with Cd, Pb, and Zn at concentation of 0, 100, 250, and 500 mg/kg. Plant height, leaf length, leaf width, total leaf number, deaf leaf number, new leaf number, chlorophyll contents, and ornamental value were monitored from May to August. At 4 months after planting, the survival and morphological responses of H. longipes grown in soil amended with Cd at concentrations ${\geq}100mg/kg$ were severely affected compared to those grown in the control soil. Relative leaf length rate and relative leaf width rate were significantly decreased when the concentration of Pb was increased. Total leaf number, chlorophyll contents, and ornamental value were the lowest value in plants grown in soil amended with Pb at level of 500 mg/kg. Relative leaf length rate and relative leaf width rate, total leaf number, dead leaf number, new leaf number, and ornamental values had a tendency of decrease when plants were grown in soils amended with Zn. However, no significant difference was found among treatments except for plants were grown in soils amended with 500 mg/kg Zn. Therefore, Hosta longipes might be useful for phytoremediation of Zn contaminated sites as herbaceous ornamental plants.


Chlorophyll contents;Ground cover plants;Korean native plants;Ornamental value;Plant growth


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